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“Life is a flame that is always burning itself out, but it catches fire again every time a child is born.”
“All that is essential for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
“Courage is the first of human qualities, because it is the quality which guarantees all the others.”
What is Freemasonry?
It is the oldest, largest and most prestigious fraternity in the world. We are like a civic club, a charitable institution and a fraternity – all rolled into one.
We're like a civic club in that we do a large number of community and statewide projects. We're like a charity in that we support many worthwhile causes. But mainly we are a fraternity of men doing good things for each other, and bringing men of good morals and ethics together in our community.
What is the Mission of Freemasonry?
To promote a way of life that binds like-minded men in a worldwide brotherhood that transcends all religious, ethnic, cultural, social and educational differences. To teach the great principles of brotherly and love, relief truth. And to give outward expression of these things through fellowship, compassion and concern, finding ways to serve G-d, family, country, neighbors and self.
What Do Masons Do?
The most important thing we do is take care of each other and our families. We are a fraternity. That means we help other Masons, treat them in special ways, support them no matter where they live, and build friendships all over the world. Not very many organizations do that today. And we help others. That is why we give almost $2 million a day to charity, and most of our money goes to help kids. We rank among the top 10 best-liked charitable groups in America. Yet we also teach leadership skills and help men lead an ethics-based life. We promote good relationships and strong family values. We try to do something to strengthen the family unit every day.
What do you get out of it?
A great amount of pride. A sense of belonging to an organization that exists all over the world. Being part of a great heritage. Sharing an identity with the great men of the past – and of today. Sharing a special bond with men from all walks of life, and creating life-long friendships with them. Being a member of an organization that believes in toleration – that lets each man think for himself and express his own opinions, without worrying about being wrong.
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To start I’d like to wish a happy Mother’s Day to all mothers. We owe them more than we can ever repay. My mother has done so much for me; from tutoring me through math to teaching me to cook, skills I’ll forever be thankful for.
As we approach the mid-year, I want to express the pride I have in the officers of the Lodge. They’ve taken on so many roles and done so much that I would not be able to continue my term without them. These men are putting in hours of work, from ritual to other committees & we’re making great progress toward a better future for Home Lodge.
I’ve also had time to reflect on what it means to be Master of a Lodge. The rewarding feeling, the duties, and the pressures that come with it. The Master is the ultimate servant of a Lodge. It is his duty to guide the Lodge towards a prosperous future, and to ensure the members are experiencing the most that the Lodge can offer. I take this duty to heart & urge our members to express to us what we can do to enhance what Home Lodge is offering.
We’ve taken the goal of our Grand Lodge to in stride and want to make Masonry more than just regular meetings. Our great aim is to pull inspiration from the original Masons of the United States and bring back the great discussions they once had; those of philosophy and the state of the world and all therein contained. It is only in Masonry that we know these discussions can be had without malice or offense, because we know to keep our passions within due bounds. Our founding fathers in Masonry were the best and brightest; the ones who laid the foundation for the ideals which created our nation. We should take inspiration from them and strive to be the ones that lay the foundation for the future. I encourage our Brethren to engage in these conversations and emulate of great predecessors in all aspects. It is only then that we can truly achieve the most as Masons.
As always, I thank those that join us week after week and urge those that have been away from Lodge to visit us again. The door is always open…
…Remember, there’s no better place to be on a Wednesday night than at Home.
“Harmony is the strength and support of all societies, especially of ours.”
This is truly a profound statement as it means without Harmony Masonry lacks support. A lodge has three great supports, the Worshipful Master, Senior and Junior Wardens. So that would mean the three great supports are to maintain the Harmony of Masonry by maintaining it within their lodges.
One definition of harmony is, “an interweaving of different accounts into a single narrative.” By definition harmony requires the cooperation and efforts of each person to create and then, maintain.
I do not believe the Master or Wardens can “create” harmony on their own. Harmony is created by the collective of the brethren understanding and agreeing that peace, cooperation and, dignity is in their best interest of the lodge. More importantly, each brother must understand, regardless of their own beliefs, the good of the lodge must always prevail.
The opinion of how ritual is “supposed” to be done is not as important as encouraging, empowering, and respectfully teach the officer performing the ritual… that is now how you create harmony.
True, the Master’s job is to maintain the harmony, but he cannot create it. Harmony is created by the collective. Therefore, this month, I encourage my brethren to evaluate how they can contribute to the harmony of a lodge, or, at the very least, not disrupt the It.
Bro. Andre Aladadyan
Firstly, a very happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers of Home Lodge. None of us would be here without our mothers, and mine is still one of the most important people in my life.
Secondly, thank you to everyone who came to our Public Schools Night. The commitment of Home Lodge supporting California public schools was extended by your attendance. This year’s presentation may have been brief, but we were able to show our continued support of California public schools. I must show my gratitude to Boris for stepping in to help by presenting his student.
On a slightly more serious note, we must consider how our brothers interact in lodge. Masonry is an institution in which we focus on quality over quantity. Our fraternity has never been one to take every man who walks through the door. We have standards for membership, and expectations for how brothers conduct themselves. Because we are human, occasionally men forget, and need to be reminded. It is not Masonic to scold, it is Masonic to gently admonish.
Thank you for the brethren for sending me to the Leadership Retreat. I expect I’ll have much to learn for my first Masonic retreat. I look forward to being able to better serve the lodge.
Fraternally from the South,
Peter G. Vogelsang
WORSHIPFUL ARTIN ALADADYAN
ANDRE ALADADYAN, SENIOR WARDEN
PETER VOGELSANG, JUNIOR WARDEN
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HOME LODGE DUES INFORMATION
Our dues for 2019 are $101.00 per member, due on or by the 1st day of January. If you are not at the very least in possession of a 2018 dues card (haven’t paid your dues for 2018) we will be sending you a notice of possible suspension, beginning in March. If you have not paid your dues in arrears or made proper arrangements, we will be suspending you in May of 2019. Many brethren have asked what that means. It means this, if you are suspended for nonpayment of dues, your name will be read in lodge the night you are suspended, the other Masonic bodies will be notified of your suspension (per the CMC) and you will become suspended in those bodies as well until you are back in good standing with your blue lodge. Bringing yourself back into good standing involves the following process-you must pay your dues in arrears, then you are put up to a vote of the brethren for reinstatement, then the other bodies are notified upon your reinstatement.
Yearly Dues & Petition Fees
Dues for the 2019 term are: $101.00
Petitions for membership are: $425.00
Petitions for affiliation are: $130.00
Petitions for out of state affiliation are: $285.00
ANY MEMBER OF HOME LODGE TO PAY THE PRORATED FEES AS PRESCRIBED IN
THE MASONIC GRAND LODGE OF CALIFORNIA F. & A. M.’s MASONIC CODE: 27020
The following is the fee schedule for the year 2019:
Under the age of 49 is 21 times the annual dues: $2,121.00
50 to 54 is 19 times the annual dues: $1,919.00
55 to 59 is 17 times the annual dues: $1,717.00
60 to 64 is 14 times the annual dues: $1,414.00
65 and older is 11 times the annual dues: $1,111.00
Wednesday night is Lodge Night. Wednesday night is, COACHING NIGHT.
Proficiency coaching is available to all EAs, FCs and MMs
from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Please contact Wor. Steve Varsam P.M. at (818) 515-0093 for more information.
GIVE THE GIFT OF A LIFETIME
As a California Mason, you are committed to the enduring health and relevance of this great organization. Our fraternity champions public education and provides industry-leading care for vulnerable seniors and families, and we are engaged community leaders. Making a legacy gift to our Masonic charities changes lives.
A ‘planned’ gift, or ‘legacy’ gift, can help you achieve your personal, financial, and estate planning goals. For example, a legacy gift can provide the donor with an income for life as well as a charitable income tax deduction, and make a profound difference in Masonry.
What is the Cornerstone Society?
The Cornerstone Society is reserved for those Masons who choose to include the Masonic charities in their estate plans.
The simplest way to become a Cornerstone Society member is through a bequest. But there are a variety of giving options available, such as trusts and charitable gift annuities. The method you choose will depend on your personal circumstances and needs. It is always a good idea to first consult your attorney and/or tax advisor for financial advice and expertise.
How Do I Start?
Please contact Greg Cherry to learn more at (310) 968-8369 or email@example.com.
OUR BROTHERS THAT HAVE BE RAISED TO THE SUBLIME DEGREE OF MASTER MASONS
Home Lodge is very honored to have these new Master Masons join the history of our Lodge.
Brother Christopher G. Berberian
Brother Avetis Petoyan
Brother Geronimo Legaspi
Brother Boris Lunares
Brother Anthony Hatchett
Brother Thomas S. Austin
Brother Justin Bruce
CONTACT & LOCATION INFORMATION
HOME MASONIC LODGE № 721 F. & A.M.
14750 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, CA 91405-2214
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